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The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge and Power Online
The shamanic journey is a remarkable visionary method for entering into another reality with discipline and purpose. Using classic drumming techniques to alter consciousness, participants will be introduced to the shamanic journey to awaken one's soul and dormant spiritual power. Travel outside of time and space into another reality and make contact with compassionate helping spirits, such as teachers and power animals, for personal wisdom and to gain knowledge to help create a better world.
This experiential online training taught by FSS faculty members is offered via Zoom video conferencing, which is free to individual users. Participants will see and hear each other and interact in pairs and small groups, as well as in the full circle. (All students must participate with audio and video.) Instructions for Zoom and workshop access will be provided by the instructor after registration. The course consists of six hours of training. Faculty members may teach the workshop in two three-hour sessions or in a one-day version.
The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge & Power is the prerequisite workshop for other online workshops offered by the FSS. Completion of the entire workshop (6 hours) is required for credit.
6 FSS Continuing Education (CE) Credits available
At this time FSS online workshops will focus on content that offers powerful and effective methods to gain and apply wisdom from the spirits to resolve persistent problems facing humanity, our precious Earth, and its inhabitants. Coming soon online, as a four-part series: Shamanism for Inspired Local and Global Change.
FOR THE MEETING. Please have handy a notebook/pen to take notes, a rattle, a drum (optional), and an eye covering (bandanna or mindfold) to block ambient light. Before the workshop, consider a comfortable chair or place to sit or lie down for journeys. You might consider the use of headphones or ear buds for an easier listening experience. Download participant instructions for use of Zoom, including audio/video settings.
Electronic recording of audio, video, and images is not permitted during the workshop.
The skilled practice of shamanic divination, the process of consulting the spirits for knowledge, is an essential aspect of shamanic healing and of bringing the wisdom of the helping spirits to bear on personal, local, and global issues. This workshop offers students opportunities to practice methods for contacting their compassionate spirit helpers, particularly through the shamanic journey, and to enhance their abilities to form on-topic questions and interpret the messages received. Participants will also experience classic shamanic ways to build and nurture strong relationships with their own spirits.
This experiential online training taught by FSS faculty members is offered via Zoom video conferencing, which is free to individual users. Participants will see and hear each other and interact in pairs and small groups, as well as in the full circle. All students must participate with audio and video. Instructions for Zoom and workshop access will be provided by the instructor after registration. The course consists of six hours of training. Faculty members may teach the workshop in two three-hour sessions or in a one-day version.
PREREQUISITE: The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge & Power (online) or the in-person Basic Workshop, The Way of the Shaman.
6 FSS Continuing Education (CE) Credits available. Completion of the entire workshop (6 hours) is required for credit.
FOR THE MEETING. Please have handy a notebook/pen for notes, a rattle, a drum (optional), and an eye covering (bandana or Mindfold) to block ambient light. Also have available a palm-sized rock (NOT a crystal), preferably one you found in nature. (Remember where you found the rock, so you may return it to its home after the training.) Before the workshop, consider a comfortable chair or place to sit or lie down for journeys. Please check the battery on your computer/device; you will need it to last 3 hours. Many Zoom users find that headphones or ear buds provide an enhanced listening experience. Download Zoom participant instructions and audio/video settings.
The Shamanic Worldview: Everything is Alive (TM)
The shamanic worldview underpins the ethical and effective practice of shamanism. Experiential knowledge of this worldview leads to a profound awareness of the sacred nature of our world and an awakening of compassion, resulting in a deep desire to relieve pain and suffering and restore balance and harmony.
Using journeying and experiential shamanic methods, in this online workshop you will have the opportunity to personally explore and experience the fundamental aspects of the shaman's worldview:
PREREQUISITES: The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge and Power (online) or the in-person Basic Workshop, The Way of the Shaman AND Shamanic Divination in Practice (online) OR any of the FSS in-person advanced weekend workshops. NOTE: Participants must be able to successfully journey to contact at least one helping spirit from the Upper or Lower World.
Shamanism for Inspired Local and Global Change Online
In these challenging times, shamanic work, when combined with ordinary reality knowledge and action, can make an immense contribution toward effective long-term solutions for community and global problems. Shamanic divination - asking the fully compassionate spirits for answers to questions - is particularly helpful in providing inspired and workable ways to address complex issues in ordinary reality.
This workshop offers practical methods to gain and apply wisdom from the spirits to resolve persistent problems facing humanity, our precious Earth, and its inhabitants.
In this workshop, you will:
- Practice applying shamanic divination/journeying methods to the problem-solving process
- Use shamanic divination to gain insight into real-world issues you care about
- Examine ethical guidelines and issues of permission
- Look at some of the personal benefits of spirit-inspired community action
- Explore possible ways to ethically bring the power of the compassionate spirits to our world
This experiential online training taught by FSS faculty members is offered via Zoom video conferencing, which is free to individual users. Participants will see and hear each other and interact in pairs and small groups, as well as in the full circle. (All students must participate with audio and video.) Instructions for Zoom and workshop access will be provided by the instructor after registration. The course consists of 12 hours of training. Faculty members may teach the workshop in four three-hour sessions or two six-hour sessions.
PREREQUISITES: The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge & Power (online) or the in-person Basic Workshop, The Way of the Shaman. AND 2. Shamanic Divination in Practice (online) OR any of the FSS in-person advanced weekend workshops (see list in right-hand column). NOTE: Participants must be able to successfully journey to contact at least one helping spirit from the Upper or Lower Worlds.
12 FSS Continuing Education (CE) Credits available. Completion of the entire workshop (12 hours) is required for credit.
FOR THE MEETING. Please have handy a notebook/pen for notes, a rattle, a drum (optional), and an eye covering (bandana or Mindfold) to block ambient light. Before the workshop, consider a comfortable chair or place to sit or lie down for journeys. Many Zoom users find that headphones or ear buds provide an enhanced listening experience. Please check the battery on your computer/device; you will need it to last 3 hours. DOWNLOAD Zoom participant instructions, including audio/video settings.
Reindeer Herder Shamanism
Continuing Exploration of the Shamanic Knowledge of Peoples of the North
This stand-alone training will look at poems/chants/stories from Northern peoples and include fundamental journeys based on the topics covered by these works. This time we will explore the shamanic wisdom of the Altai and Koryak peoples of Siberia and the Kwakiutl people of British Columbia. We will return to the Sami (Scandinavian reindeer herding native people) for a method of accessing an important shamanic ancestor via the journey.
Decoding Landscape Online
Landscapes surround us and inform us. In this exploration we will take some time to examine the messages encoded in the world around us and begin to make contact with the wisdom hidden in the land. This online two-day workshop will use the journey and guided experiences to bring to light our relationship to Mother Earth and the rich potential to use landscapes--terra signs--as a divinatory tool for growth and understanding. An ability to shamanically journey required.
Let's Talk Possession Online
The topic of spirit possession is a rich one that necessitates multiple distinctions. In this two-hour presentation, some of these distinctions will be presented in seminar fashion so that shamanic practitioners will gain a working vocabulary of some of the more important aspects of dealing with those beings that test sovereign soul boundaries.
Let's Talk Ancestors Online
In this two-hour conversation, relationships to ancesors will be discussed. Who are they? How can I honor them? Included in this will be stories from other cultures to illustrate shamanic ways of ancestral interaction.
Exploring the Wisdom of Peoples of the North
Using the poems from Spirit, Spirit Shaman Songs, we will explore methods of healing and honoring the spirits. The text for the poems will be provided upon registration and will be the basis for shamanic journeying.
Foundation for Shamanic Studies In Person Workshops
During this experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal and near-universal basic methods of the shaman to enter non-ordinary reality for problem solving, well-being and healing. Particular emphasis is put on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humans to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and movement techniques, for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities and connections with Nature.
Practice includes discussion by participants of their discoveries in shamanic journeys as well as work on personal problem solving. Participants are also provided with methods for journeying to discover and study with their own spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life to help heal one's self, others and the Planet.
Michael Harner's Basic Workshop, The Way of the Shaman, sponsored by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, is the only acceptable prerequisite for entrance into the Foundation's advanced weekend workshops and the Two-Week and Three-Year advanced training programs.
Learning shamanism is not just a matter of acquiring methods, but also of increasing spiritual power and knowing how to use it. From the shamanic point of view, people who are not spiritually "power-filled" are prone to illness, accidents, and misfortune. Anyone who has had a traumatic experience may lose a portion of their soul, of their spiritual essence. There are also other reasons this may occur. In this workshop, participants will learn the importance of shamanic power to do successful soul retrieval. Participants will also learn how to re-empower a client's soul after it has been returned so that the client is once again spiritually power-filled, leading to greater health and well-being. This soul retrieval training is based on worldwide core principles and methods. It does not require Western psychological perspectives and practices.
We are the fortunate heirs of a great and venerable spiritual tradition, shamanism, many thousands of years old, with core principles and practices that are universal or common for one simple reason: they work. Among them is soul retrieval, found widely in shamanic cultures.
Dr. Harner learned how to do soul retrieval in 1961 while living among the Amazonian Conibo and brought it to the West. The Conibo taught him that every part of a person had its own soul, and that soul retrieval could be done for any portion of the person that had been injured or traumatized. In The Way of the Shaman (pages 71 – 72, 93, 99), he wrote of recovering “vital souls” to heal comatose persons and persons suffering from traumas, noting that this method can also be used “to heal patients by retrieving lost portions of their vital souls.”
Michael began training students in soul retrieval at least as early as June 25 - 27, 1982, as part of an Intermediate Workshop (no longer existing under that name) inside a cave in Grottoes, Virginia. Among the 31 students in that memorable location was Dana Robinson, now a longtime FSS faculty member, who recalls:
"In Grottoes, we did a considerable amount of shamanic work inside a large cave that we walked into a couple of times each day. During one session in the cave, you taught us a soul retrieval technique, and we helped a young man who had spent some time in a mental institution years before.
I remember other events from that weekend 30 years ago, but the soul retrieval journey, the beauty of that cave, and the great teacher that we had stand out the most in my memory."
Prerequisite FSS Workshops: The Way of the Shaman (the Basic workshop); AND 1. These two advanced weekend workshops: Shamanic Extraction Healing and Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond; OR2. Completion of the FSS Three-Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing; OR 3. Completion of the Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive
Creativity is so ancient that it is at once fundamental and complex, even a driving force in our lives. Shamanism brings a fresh approach to Westerners for cultivating their creative potential. In this workshop, based on years of research, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their creativity through the practice of shamanic methods. Selected historical and anthropological examples will illustrate connections between shamanism and creative abilities, and a variety of specific shamanic exercises will be taught that participants can apply to their personal lives.
One of the classic tasks of the shaman is to journey into non-ordinary reality in order to obtain answers to questions, both at the request of others and for one's self. Participants in the workshop have the opportunity to engage in divination journeys for each other as well as for themselves and to gain the experience in using various time-tested shamanic divination techniques. In the shamanic search to become persons of knowledge, they learn, as shamans have from time immemorial how to converse with plant as well as animal species, how to use quartz crystals and how to seek and receive revelatory knowledge from visionary sources.
In this unique experiential workshop you will have the opportunity to explore the nature, meaning, and use of dreams among shamanic peoples, with dreamwork practices from a range of cultures. Researched and developed by Michael Harner, subjects to be covered include shamanic dream theory and big dreams, as well as dreams and the soul, spirits, shamanic journeys, the Dreamtime, and the vision quest. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge to contemporary life, including the use of dreams in divination, health, and healing. Pre-requisite: The Way of the Shaman ® Basic Workshop.
Participants learn ways of dealing with the issue of dying and the destiny of souls from a shamanic perspective. The workshop is both for those who wish to learn for themselves and for those who wish to help others who are in terminal situations or who have already passed on. Experiences undertaken include learning how to become experientially familiar with the after-death realms, helping a person using shamanic journeying, completing unfinished business, helping a person to cross over, and classic psychopomp (soul conducting) work.
Participants will be initiated into the extraction method of healing, including how to see, sense and remove localized spiritual illness and pain. The Extraction Healing Training Workshop is designed exclusively for people who want to learn shamanic healing work. The training is not designed for people looking for personal healing themselves. Before enrolling in this training workshop, please make sure that you have been having success in contacting your power animals and/or teachers on your own and that you feel confident in your journey skills.
From ancient times, shamans have worked with the spirits of nature for healing, survival, and knowledge. By learning from the plants and animals, from the rocks and mountains, from the winds and water, and from the sun, moon and stars, shamans helped their peoples live in harmony with the universe. In a world now out of balance, the way of the shaman can teach how again to respect nature, our Planet, and its inhabitants at a deep spiritual level. As our ancestors everywhere once knew, our survival depends on the survival of other species. By working together intensively through shamanic journeys and other spiritual experiences, we will dedicate ourselves to working in both non-ordinary and ordinary reality to restore and maintain a living Planet.